TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- In a way reminiscent of his bruising running style, Paul Ott Carruth has just scored a game winning touchdown for the University of Alabama Athletic Department.
To honor the memories of his late mother, Alberta Carruth, and his late grandfather-in-law, James McCullough, Carruth and his wife Lindsey have pledged $250,000 to the Crimson Tide Foundation to endow an athletic scholarship. Carruth, a native of Summit, Miss., is vice president of McCullough Oil Company in Trussville.
Carruth played halfback in 1981 and 1982 on Coach Paul W. Bryant’s last two Alabama teams and, after being redshirted in 1983, was a star on Coach Ray Perkins’ 1984 Alabama squad. In his three-year career, Carruth rushed for 1,336 yards on 277 carries and scored 14 touchdowns. Following the 1985 Senior Bowl, where he earned Most Valuable Player honors, Carruth took his talents to the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, where he played for three seasons.
The Carruths are using this opportunity to specially honor their loved ones, each of whom died of cancer in the 1980s. “Lindsey and I wanted to honor the memories of my mother and her grandfather, and we felt this was the best way to do it,” said Paul Ott, whose mother Alberta died during Paul’s junior year at the University. “Once my mother was diagnosed with cancer, Coach Bryant would call her every Sunday afternoon to see how she was doing, and that meant so much to me. And although Lindsey’s grandfather never attended Alabama, he was a huge Alabama fan. He lived and breathed Alabama football.
“We wanted to give back to the school and athletic program that mean so much to us, while at the same time honor two people who we loved dearly and had such a huge influence on our lives. The University of Alabama, especially the Athletic Department, is a big part of who I am. It’s where I played; it’s where I met Lindsey. I could never pay back to the University all it has given me.
“I also want to thank Coach Moore for his leadership and dedication to the University of Alabama as a player, coach, and administrator. He is a great example of giving back to Alabama.”
The Carruths’ gift helps the Crimson Tide Foundation top the $4 million mark of gifts received from former athletes and A-Club members. “The donations made by our former athletes are a real tribute to their support of our programs,” said Mal Moore, Athletic Director. “I really appreciate Paul Ott and Lindsey for their loyalty to the University and especially to our Athletic Department. What they did speaks volumes for their love for not only this institution, but for their loved ones as well.”
The Crimson Tide Foundation is a fully charitable 501(c)(3) foundation whose goal is to fully endow all scholarships for the 438 student-athletes currently participating in various sports for the Crimson Tide.